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Denzel Ward Sits Out Cotton Bowl, Declares for 2018 NFL Draft

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Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL draft prior to Friday's Cotton Bowl Classic against USC.

Ward announced shortly before kickoff he would not be suiting up with his teammates for their bowl game:

Per an official release from Ohio State, via Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors, Ward will not return for his senior season next year.

The junior corner recorded 37 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2017.

B/R NFL draft analyst Matt Miller ranks Ward as the No.